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Elizabeth "Libby" Everhart

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EVERHART, Elizabeth "Libby" Elizabeth "Libby" Everhart died peacefully on February 21, 2009 after a long battle with Alzheimer's Disease. Libby was born in 1920 and raised in Rutland, VT. She belonged to the National Honor Society throughout high school and was Phi Beta Kappa throughout college. She graduated from Oberlin College in 1942 and went on to now Harvard-Radcliffe College for her bachelors degree in Biology. She married her college sweetheart Edgar Everhart of Tallmadge Ohio in 1943. During the World War II they both worked in Manhattan with a small group of scientists to develop radar on a secret government project. They adopted a daughter Kathleen "Kate" in 1947 and a son Stanley in 1949. The family moved to Storrs-Mansfield, Connecticut in 1952 where Edgar taught Physics and later Astronomy too at the University of Connecticut. During the Connecticut years Libby was very involved Girl Scout leadership. In 1968 Libby and Edgar moved to Colorado where they built a home and an observatory on a mountain top outside a small town called Bailey. Both of them taught at Denver University. She and Edgar loved to hike in their cherished mountains almost every weekend and were avid members of the Historical Society in Bailey Colorado. After Edgar died in 1990 and after the Alzheimer's began to steal from her everything she loved, Libby moved to Princeton, New Jersey to be closer to Kate who oversaw her care. She leaves behind her son Stan Everhart and his wife Jeri Fischer from Tubac, Arizona; and her daughter Kate and her husband Mark Germond. She also leaves a granddaughter Heidi Everhart of Massachusetts and grandsons Jamie Underhill of Charlottesville, VA and Andrew Germond of San Francisco, CA. Libby is finally reunited with her beloved Edgar who loved her so very much.

Published in The Hartford Courant on Mar. 8, 2009
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